Hello, I have recently moved to the area. I have been coming to Newport for the last 14 years via the yachting industry.
I am originally from a small town on the coast of Maine and so Newport is a familiar scene for me. I like Newport and the festive environment. I know, Summer is a bit hectic and traffic can be a bit trying at times but this area is rich in culture and history, particularly with the yachting activities.
This is the home for the New York Yacht club, one of the premier clubs in the world. The history of the America's Cup began here and was a symbol of pride for 150 years, the longest held sporting trophy in the history of any sport held by one country. There is a decent amount of wealth and industry in the area.
The tourist activity seems strong, especially in the summer with a healthy dose of revenue from the visiting yachts and crew spending heavy amounts of money at local business, bars and restaurants to say the least. I know, I have been one of those people.
Having said all this, Whats the deal with the area streets?
Ever since I have been coming here, main street has been a disaster! Many of the surrounding streets in Newport proper are a mess and have been since I can remember.
I do see work going on to various infrastructure like water, sewer & gas mains and that is very important. What I don't understand is why the street is freshly paved (only in a few spots) but then is torn up again for... what? Seems like a waste of resource.
I often go for drives around the area on any given Saturday or Sunday and, frankly many of the roads are rather rough in places. Yes, There are some very nice roads out in Middletown and Porstmouth. There are some decent stretches here and there in Newport like Bellvue, the waterfront and "Mansion Row".
I like the classic cobblestone in Newport central. The Road around the point is nice. I noticed that most of the affluent area's have rather nice roads and streets but old downtown Newport and the neighborhoods are an embarrassment.
I have a friend who blew a tire and bent some front end parts on East Main recently. She was not going fast, less than 15 MPH. I now have a broken spring on my car which has less than 30k on the clock. This is from East Main and the little streets in town, not something that happened on the highway.
This does not seem quite right to me. They say "it is a privilege to drive a car on public roads" but is it a privilege to have them destroyed by the roads themselves.
There is a lot of money in this town and a lot of taxes being paid to live here. A ton of revenue continues to pour in from a variety of sources. I will only mention the US Navy now.
This town is quite fortunate to have them here and I know there is a regular large revenue coming from that neck of the woods including decent civilian contract work and the naval families living here. There is an elite college also which I cannot help mentioning.
I realize that this country is going through a rough financial stretch but it seems to me that Newport is one of those few places that is doing pretty well compared to a lot of small towns. I know, My home town is a tourist canival in the summer but when the season is over, money dries up.
They don't have a college or a Naval base. There are no "box stores" close by. The biggest thing happening in my home town is the YMCA and the police log. So, Please enlighten me as to why such a famous New England town with a solid year round business environement has a problem with snow removal and fixing the steets?
Respectfully, Jamie Stark